Conspiracies All the Way Down

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On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah asks why we have to make American politics even more difficult than they already are. Why is it that, in an election that reveals Americans’ contested preferences so obviously, that we have to continue to turn up the heat by piling on additional conspiracy theories about the rigging of the election? Maybe, as Jonah thinks, this simply reveals a series of “deeply unpatriotic commitments” among our political and commentariat classes. He makes his way to greener pastures by talking about our glorious canine companions, and by addressing some of the supposedly highfalutin concerns of those on the right looking to out-think the market in our populist moment.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Chris Stirewalt, rightfully serene as always

-Gingrich: "You Are Watching An Effort To Steal The Presidency Of The United States"

- The Remnant with Razib

-The Remnant with Jim Geraghty

-Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society”

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Episode 264 · 1 month ago

From Court-Packing to Wilson-Bashing

TO OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! Not seniors this time around, but Remnant listeners, that is. Jonah returns to ruminate with some fire in his belly this week – on the wasting of energy on Twitter, the bizarre phenomenon of the mainstream-media respectable conservative, court packing, The Worst President in History™, a revisiting of the weed conversation from the last Remnant, and more. Also, the quote of the day – or maybe the month, or the year – might be this: “The very essence of serious thinking … is the ability to make distinctions between superficially similar things.”

Show Notes:

-This week’s G-File

-Steve Schmidt picks a pointless fight with Matt Lewis and Noah Rothman

-“Respectable Conservatives”

-Brian Morgenstern invokes HIPAA rights when talking about Trump’s negative COVID test

-“A switch in time saves nine”

-“Heil Woodrow,” something of a self-own in review form

-“TO MY FAVORITE PEOPLE!”

-This week’s Remnant with Jonathan Adler

-In case you also wanted to get addicted to a Star Trek

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to subscribe to We the People and listen to Frederick Hess on education policy

Episode 263 · 1 month ago

Up In Smoke

Remnant first-timer Jonathan Adler joins Jonah today, not to watch Cheech and Chong over a bag of Doritos, but to talk about the politics of marijuana. Earlier in the year (right around the time that the world was ending, actually), Adler edited a volume entitled Marijuana Federalism, which explored the legal contradictions within the laws regarding cannabis in the U.S.; the situation is somewhat unprecedented, in that we now have a substance that is a federal crime to possess, while many states have had such an overwhelming turn in public opinion that this same substance has now become perfectly legal within their own jurisdiction. How do individual states get away with this without the feds swooping in? The amusing answer is something like: Eh, turns out that the feds are pretty understaffed.

Jonah then moves on to his role - well-known among the Remnant fan base - as Inquisitor of Libertarians, figuring out how Adler feels about total drug legalization. He gives one of the most grounded and logical responses to this inquisition we’ve ever heard on the program, continually emphasizing the fundamental fact of American federalism: “The freedom to live how you want to live also includes the freedom to live conservatively.” This brings the two gents down the avenues of nationalism, post-liberalism, and the hope for a return to localism, all wrapped up with a bow of “420” puns that Jonah just can’t help but put to good use.

Show Notes:

-Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane

-The origin of “laboratories of democracy”

-Vitamin E Acetate as the root cause of many vaping illnesses

-Libertarianism: A Primer

-The Office, a dinosaur in internet years, is Netflix’s most popular show

-For the uninitiated, the fusionist’s Bible

-Acton.org/Dingo to subscribe to the Acton Line podcast

-Gabi.com/Remnant to stop overpaying on your insurance today

Episode 262 · 1 month ago

The Bottom of the (Spanish Wine) Barrel

Since the first six days of October 2020 have felt like 87 years, who’s better to sift through everything that has happened than one of The Dispatch’s own quadrumvirate of podcasters, Steve Hayes? Here to give Jonah the inside scoop on some of the background reporting he’s done for The Morning Dispatch, Steve has some ideas about how Trump’s overly-cinematic return to the White House could’ve been handled better, why there was a communication breakdown between Trump’s medical staff and his PR people, and, most mysteriously, what on God’s green earth Mark Meadows has been trying to do for the past few days.

Beyond these more Machiavellian machinations, they also delve into some of the downright silliness that’s gone on – such as the new pessimism that anything can even be done to stop COVID, since it’s a contagious disease (the stamping out of which has characterized (“Uh… literally the entire history of human civilization,” in Jonah’s words). They also give an update on the State of The Dispatch, and ponder what their place in the conservative media landscape may look like in a post-Trump era – whether that’s sooner or later.

Show Notes:

-30-day trial at The Dispatch, ends Thursday Oct. 8th at midnight

-The Morning Dispatch

-Watch as Sean Conley awkwardly flails

-A history of the administration’s bipolar relationship with Fauci

-“Why do we actually think we can stop the progression of a contagious disease?” – A thing unironically said by an elected official

-Mike Pence’s confessional piece on his negative campaign in Indiana

-The Joe Biden agenda

-The Dispatch’s opening manifesto

-DonorsTrust.org/Dingo to receive “6 Reasons to Use a Donor-Advised Fund”

-Go to CaucusRoom.com to experience a social network by and for conservatives

Episode 261 · 1 month ago

Punditry, By the Book

This weekend’s Ruminant features Jonah running through a set of possible scenarios that might play out given President Trump’s COVID diagnosis – if we do say so ourselves, it’s a positively David French-like methodology given the approach to David’s new book (Out now!). Will Trump be able to do a Zoom debate? Will Mike Pence have the opportunity to do more than he currently does (which, as of now, seems to be standing completely still in a pensive silence like a sculpture of a Roman general)?

Then, Jonah discusses the current partisan tendency for “both the right and the left [to] weaponized norms,” chastising opponents for hypocrisy while refusing to adopt responsibility for their own flubs that damage the constitutional order. He explores the ways in which this manifests in both the nationalism debates as well as the current SCOTUS mess, and how the more intellectually serious proponents of nationalism can’t seem to decide whether they actually like to play by the rules or make things up as they go. All of this is followed up by a veritable potpourri of quick hits: Inside baseball on how syndicated column publishing works, how dumb the tax code is, steaks, dogma, and more.

Show Notes:

-30-day trial at The Dispatch

-This week’s G-File

-Just in case you were wondering about how the Swiss executive branch works, since it comes up here rather often

-Trump’s battleground state polls are… not great

-The Dispatch Podcast on the debate

-“Facts have a liberal bias”